Shirin Neshat: Land of Dreams
SITE Santa Fe is pleased to announce the New Mexico premiere of Land of Dreams, a solo exhibition by Iranian-American artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat.
Created in New Mexico in 2019, Land of Dreams is a multidisciplinary series featuring over one hundred photographs of New Mexico residents embellished with Farsi calligraphy and small-scale illustrations; a two-channel video following a fictional Iranian photographer as she travels door-to-door soliciting portraits of strangers while collecting their dreams; and a feature length film starring actors such as Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon and Isabella Rosallini. Alongside Land of Dreams is Neshat’s Dreamer’s Trilogy (2013-2016), three short films that draw inspiration from the artist’s own recurring dreams. Together, these works reflect one another, mirroring layers of ambiguity between dreams and reality, fiction and memory.
Complementing the exhibition is The Making of Shirin Neshat’s Land of Dreams, a documentary by Sophie Chahinian, and a screening of Neshat’s feature length film, Land of Dreams (2021).
In conjunction with the exhibition, SITE Santa Fe and Radius Books co-published a major publication titled Land of Dreams, featuring introspective writings by Brandee Caoba and Lucy R. Lippard, as well as a selection of vivid images from the series.
About the Artist
Neshat has directed three feature-length films, Women Without Men (2009), which received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, Looking For Oum Kulthum (2017,) and most recently Land of Dreams which premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2021.)
Neshat has held numerous solo exhibitions at museums internationally including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2022); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2021); The Broad, Los Angeles (2020); Museo Correr, Venice, Italy (2017); Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. (2015); Detroit Institute of Arts (2013); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2000); and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal(2001).
Neshat was awarded the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999), the Hiroshima Freedom Prize (2005), and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2006). In 2017, she received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award in Tokyo
Neshat directed her first opera Verdi’s Aida at the Salzburg Festival In 2017, which will be restaged in 2022.
She is represented by Gladstone Gallery in New York and Goodman Gallery in London.